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The reason why ice in the asteroids matters so much is that it could help explain something that makes our planet unique in the solar system - our beautiful blue planet is the only one to have a abundant supply of liquid water ... It means that asteroids could have played one of the most important roles in creating the Earth we see today. Horizon: Asteroids - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, BBC 2010
On Earth whenever there is water, there is life. The Final Frontier: A Horizon Guide to the Universe, BBC 2012
Where did all our water come from? Comet of the Century: A Horizon Special, BBC 2013
You need to pump water under very high pressure deep underground – that fractures the bedrock. Horizon: Fracking – The New Energy Rush, BBC 2013
Sao Paulo has a more fundamental problem: it is running out of water … Protests have erupted in the streets … ‘We’ve already seen water riots.’ BBC Horizon: Chris Packham, 7.7 Billion People and Counting, BBC 2020
The universal utilization of water power and its long-distance transmission will supply every household with cheap power and will dispense with the necessity of burning fuel. The struggle for existence being lessened, there should be development along ideal rather than material lines. Nikola Tesla
The water needed to irrigate golf courses is enough to meet the needs of 80% of the world’s population. Dark Side of the Greens, BBC 2015
Three-quarters of the sphere is covered in water. The Universe s1e6: Spaceship Earth, 2007
Where did Earth get the water from? ibid.
The Asteroid Belt [is] located between Mars and Jupiter. These warm ice-bearing bodies may have the same water as Earth because they were all formed in the inner solar system which is closer to the Sun. What’s more, startling new evidence suggests that these usual comets may not only have delivered water to Earth, they may also have seeded our planet with the building blocks of life itself. ibid.
Earth: The third planet from the Sun is brimming with breathtaking beauty. Unlike any other body in the solar system liquid water covers nearly two-thirds of its surface ... It’s the only planet confirmed to support life in all its forms. The Universe: Seven Wonders of the Solar System (One)
One feature on Earth is abundant liquid water. It is thought the earliest volcanoes spewed out massive amounts of steam which condensed into rain and supplied the planet with water. But recently, new sources of water have been suggested. And water appears to be a key component for the origin of life. ibid.
Only 3% of the water on our planet is fresh. Yet these precious waters are rich with surprise. All life on land is ultimately dependent upon fresh water. David Attenborough, Planet Earth: Freshwater
Worldwide lakes hold twenty times more freshwater than all the rivers. ibid.
Angel Falls: The highest waterfall in the world. ibid.
The Grand Canyon: This river has cut the world’s longest canyon system. ibid.
Antarctica: Three miles thick in places and imprisons 70% of the world’s fresh water. David Attenborough, Frozen Planet I, BBC 2011
Water is eight hundred times more dense than air. Attenborough, Life on Earth (revised series) Fish, Birds & Reptiles
Comets and icy asteroids can contain huge reserves of water. How the Universe Works s2e8: Birth of the Earth, Science 2012
Life on Earth depends on seas, rivers and rain. But is our blue planet unique? Or did the universe create countless other wet worlds just like it? … For decades scientists have been trying to establish the origins of Earth’s water. How the Universe Works s4e7: The First Oceans
The collision with Thea leaves the crust of the Earth bone-dry. So where does the water we see today come from? Was our planet originally formed from much wetter rock than the scientists had believed? Or were the oceans delivered to the Earth much later? ibid.
There is more water held in underground aquifers like this than in all the lakes and rivers of the world. Richard Hammond’s Journey to the Centre of the Planet, BBC 2011
We know that liquid water is essential to Life. Life probably got started in a water environment. Laura Danly, Griffith Observatory
Even the most primitive form of life – bacteria – need water for their survival. And there are no exceptions. And this seemingly fundamental link between water and life is driving the search for life out there in the solar system. Brian Cox, Wonders of the Solar System: Aliens, BBC 2010
At the heart of the terraced culture is the system of irrigation. Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 2/13: The Harvest of the Seasons, BBC 1973
Water had become the engineers’ element. Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 8/13: The Drive for Power, BBC 1973
The whole of Monet’s life was spent by the water. And water was the main obsession of his art as well. Waldemar Januszczak, The Impressionists: Painting and Revolution I: Gang of Four, BBC 2011
The only water for fifty miles west of Flagstone is right here under this land. Once Upon a Time in the West [C’era Una Volta Il West] 1968 starring Henry Fonda & Charles Bronson & Claudia Cardinale & Jason Robards & Gabriele Gerzetti & Paolo Stoppa & Woody Strode & Jack Elam & Keenan Wynn & Frank Wolff & Lionel Stander, director Sergio Leone, Harmonica to Cheyenne
If I don’t get some water pretty soon I’m just going to fall down and die. Yellow Sky 1948 starring Gregory Peck & Anne Baxter & Richard Widmark & Robert Arthur & Harry Morgan & John Russell & Charles Kemper et al, director William A Wellman, cowboy
Britain begins the most radical clean-up in our history ... Pure uncontaminated water is available for all. The British VI: Tale of Two Cities, Sky Atlantic 2012
Demand for coal was heavily outstripping supply ... The solution to the problem was found in the last place you’d expect: down the mine itself ... Water. And you’ve got to get rid of it because it runs downhill ... And this is the engine that powers the pump. It’s a very special engine. Mark Williams, Industrial Revelations s1e1: Boom Time, Discovery 2002
Why not use the water? Why not treat it as a resource? In the same way you treat the coal you’ve so heavily won underground. Why not use it to create a canal so that you can transport your coal to your points of sale? ibid.
‘Hydraulic fracturing has been characterised as environmentally risky and inadequately regulated. Press reports and websites alleging that six states have documented over 1,000 incidents of ground water contamination resulting from the practice of hydraulic fracturing – such reports are not accurate.’ Josh Fox, Gasland 2010 ***** evidence to sub-committee on Energy & Minerals
In 1972 Richard Nixon signed the clean water act into law. ibid.
[lights drinking water from tap] Jesus Christ! ibid.
The Whistleblower: Weston Wilson – In 2004 the EPA was investigating water contamination incidents due to hydraulic fracturing across the country, but a panel rejected the Inquiry stating that although hazardous materials were being injected underground the EPA did not need to investigate. Weston Wilson, a twenty-year veteran of the EPA, wrote a letter to Congress objecting. ibid.
Energy Police Act of 2005: The Halliburton Loophole to the Safe Water Act. ibid.
Of all the [chemical] water that goes down only about half of it comes back up. ibid.